Family Services

Triage assessment and intervention provided at times of individual and community crisis.

For children, teens, parents and families. PACS staff provides counseling and resources for families involved in the adoption process, available to any adoptive family within Bergen, Essex and Passaic County. The PACS clinical team provides family, individual and group counseling using today’s most effective therapeutic techniques, including life book, identity work, and child play therapy.

The EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) parenting program gives parents and caregivers the support and education they need to 1) develop more confidence in what they already know; and 2) add new skills that will help them raise their children to become responsible and caring adults.

With over 30 years of experience, EPIC workshops provide the tools parents need to develop more effective communication skills, and deal with the complex and challenging issues facing families today. In 12 two-hour sessions, parents learn how to “keep the loving connection” from infancy. Groups are made up of 8-12 people of all ages and all family configurations. A certificate of completion is awarded at the end of the series.

Series topics include:

  • Parenting is Hard Work
  • Building Healthy Self-Esteem
  • How to Make Rules That Work
  • Promoting Peace at Home

For more information about EPIC, please contact: Lannie Jacobs, CSSW, Program Coordinator at 201-740-7110

Children’s Aid and Family Services is proud to introduce the Family Counseling Center, our new program that provides therapy for children and families at our location in Fair Lawn. Our team of professionals will be helping children with a wide range of emotional, behavioral and relationship problems, including those who are struggling with loss or trauma; school-related difficulties; and challenges with focus. We also offer family therapy and support and guidance for parents.

We have a long history of helping children achieve wellness mentally and emotionally,  and are thrilled to be offering this service to the community. For more information, contact the Family Counseling Center at 201-261-2800 or visit www.familycounselingcenterfairlawn.com.

Community Services

“Keeping Babies Happy, Healthy and Dry for Over 25 years”

Need Diapers and Formula?

Baby Basics provides free formula, diapers, and other vitally needed supplies to babies from eligible low-income families and single parents who –

Have a child under 2 years old;

Live or work in Bergen County;

Are struggling to make ends meet. 

If think you may qualify for this program, please click here to apply for help.


Want to help?

1 in 3 families struggle to provide enough diapers to keep their babies happy, healthy and dry. Unfortunately, safety net programs such as SNAP (food stamps) and WIC (Women, Infants and Children) can’t be used to purchase diapers. And diapers are a huge expense for low-income families struggling to meet their families’ basic needs. This often leaves families choosing between buying food or medicine, paying rent, or purchasing diapers for their babies. No family should have to make that choice.

Host A Baby Basics Drive

One of the easiest and best ways you can make a difference is to host a diaper drive at your school, office, place of worship, service club, or any other community space.  Fill out this form for more information.  A staff member will be in touch with more information and a baby basics toolkit to help you with your drive!

Make a Donation to Baby Basics

Since our Baby Basics program is supported entirely through philanthropy from generous individuals, foundations, corporations, community organizations and other supporters, monetary donations are crucial to the program’s operation. In addition, monetary donations allow us to purchase diapers in bulk and at discounted rates through our partnerships with national organizations, allowing us to stretch your dollars even further.  Click here to make a financial donation.

We also gratefully accept donations of diapers (any brand in sizes 3, 4, and 5 are in greatest need) and formula (Similac or Enfamil only) from individuals, groups and businesses. (For sanitary reasons, unopened packages only are accepted.)

Volunteer with Baby Basics

Help our families by volunteering your time and talents to Baby Basics. Volunteers help to purchase and distribute diapers, formula and other baby essentials to families at one of our five distribution sites located throughout Bergen County (Garfield, Hackensack, Ridgewood, Carlstadt and Paramus). Volunteers also help by organizing drives, fundraising, acting as program ambassadors and helping with office work. Contact us today to find out more about volunteer opportunities and let us know how you or your group would like to get involved. Baby Basics runs on volunteer power, and we hope you’ll join us!

The most defenseless time in a young woman’s life is when she is pregnant or has just had a baby. Most girls are fortunate enough to be surrounded by an indispensable network of supportive family, friends, and resources that will help them during this life-changing experience. But some are not.

 Since 2003, Zoe’s Place has been providing a safe, supervised home and supportive services for pregnant teens, and young moms and their babies, who would otherwise be homeless. Aptly named after the Greek for “gift of life,” Zoe’s helps young mothers become more self-sufficient, have fewer repeat teen pregnancies, increase their chances of gaining an education and/or viable employment, and ultimately, raise healthier babies.

The Garfield residence is home to a maximum of five young moms and their infants at any one time. Up to 100 additional girls receive free training in life skills and financial independence annually. Child care is also offered for free to current and former residents to enable them to attend school and continue working.

If you need our help, or would like to support Zoe’s Place, please contact Kelly at kguerrieri@cafsnj.org for more information.

Zoe’s Support Group

Come have dinner and talk about what it is like to be a new mom! Please contact Yvelisse Gonzalez MSW, LSW at (973) 268-2280 Ext. 154.

Zoe’s Place Helpline

(973) 458-1007

The Zoe’s Place helpline is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., offering crisis intervention, emergency assistance, referral and advocacy 365 days a year. Services include assistance and guidance for accessing education opportunities, job training, healthcare, employment, counseling, childcare and more.

For information on the specific needs of Zoe’s Place please look at their wish list.

The prescription drug and opioid crisis facing communities in Northern New Jersey is frightening! Are you being impacted by drug abuse?

The increase in drug overdoses in Bergen County is reason enough for Children’s Aid and Family Services to focus attention on The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources (TCADR). Information, education, and abuse-prevention resources are available to anyone who is being hurt by heroin, alcohol, tobacco, or other drug misuse.

TCADR Programs include:

  • Strengthening Bergen’s Families. A 14-week program to improve parents’ confidence in their ability to supervise their children and to help them learn effective communication skills.
  • Positive Parenting. A three-session program that builds resiliency in children and fosters communication between parents and teens.
  • Children in the Middle. A program to help reduce the stress children frequently experience during a divorce by teaching parents how to communicate more effectively with their children.
  • Every Person Influences Children. A parenting program which is dedicated to providing parents and caregivers with the support and education they need to help children become responsible and caring adults.
  • The Single Parent Group. A program which offers support and education for people who are parenting on their own.
  • Individual Skill Development for Parents. A program which helps parents achieve specific personal parenting goals.

To learn more please visit The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources’ website at www.tcadr.org.